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One Human, Snowballs and a Paradigm Shift?

Recently a black man offered his opinion to  how he thought the world could be a better place.  His sentiments  echoed those of our own.  Now, the mere fact that we have to indicate the person speaking was “black” is  sad in and of itself (as color should not play a role in defining our ability to be moral, just and kind); but in order to illustrate the segregated nature of reality it is noted. 


This particular individual (paraphrasing here) said, ‘As soon as we start looking at each other as human beings (not black, not white or any other color) and as Americans, things will get better’. 


Agreed.  Think about it! It has to start somewhere. Someone, somehow has to set aside egos and past perceptions and begin to look at others in a different light. One person, one human being looks at another and acknowledges them as a fellow human; not a different race or religion or some sort of hurdle to overcome or burden to carry. Simply a fellow being, just like them. 


That person, in turn, then looks to another and the same shift occurs; and it snowballs.  This is the beginning of the “Paradigm Shift”.


What we mean by a paradigm shift is we all need to start considering things from a different perspective.  Set aside our preconceptions and egos and simply be human. Open our minds to alternatives.


A paradigm is defined as a typical pattern, a standard, perspective or set of ideas.  They are beliefs that go unchallenged for generations. We grow up being taught certain thinking patterns and ideas based on our community, schools, family or friends.  Our thoughts may change over time from life experiences or they may be further ingrained.  In either case, what if the ingrained patterns of thought (the paradigms) are outdated, immoral or just plain off?  What if the paradigms shifted?


And, what if the thinking patterns and perspective of everyone shifted in the same direction?  No black, no white, no democrat, no republican; just humans being human.  One human race,  moral and invincible.


It is noted that perhaps “…the greatest barrier to a paradigm shift, in some cases, is the reality of paradigm paralysis: the inability or refusal to see beyond the current models of thinking.”.


We believe as intelligent and emotional beings we can overcome this barrier.


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A Deeper Meaning of LiFE…

Pocomo Head, Nantucket

So, we guess it’s time to find out what this thing is all about. “A tiny company with a big idea” – boy that’s really thinking big!. “Own it, Live it, Love it“- well, we own it so that’s good, we love it; another plus…but, are we living it?!. I’m not sure. Let’s travel back in time and review our founding principles which we’ve incorporated in our website in “The Story

We mention working for someone else’s dream and being perched (and toiling) behind a computer, strapped to a desk. Uh-oh. But sometimes, working for someone else’s dream is also a long road to your own dream. LiFE gets in the way. Kids, pets, college and family start to take precedence over that dream. But at no time is the dream extinguished; it’s kept on the back burner to simmer while LiFE runs its course; until it is time to turn up the heat. During this simmering phase, all is not lost and it’s not time wasted; as images, dreams and ideas are constantly permeating the mind.

One of our founding principles was to get people to recognize the moment of NOW and just simply live in it. Forget about yesterday and stop worrying about tomorrow. You’re only stealing energy away from enjoying the moment you’re in currently.

But is that enough? We don’t think so. We, as a community, are able to focus our energy at living life to the fullest; but there are those who by choice or by circumstance are either fighting for our lives or fighting for their own. We are able to live freely without worry because of those who selflessly give of themselves to protect our freedoms. Then there are those who are fighting for their own lives; either due to illness or tragedy. We thought both deserved recognition and help. Please consider donating or volunteering to help others (helpful links on homepage). You’ll be glad you did. Perhaps you’ll find a deeper meaning of life.

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Look for us in St. Martin/Maarten

Grand Case, St. Martin

LiFE is NOW… had a blast traveling the island and visiting the local establishments.

The island is coming back after the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Irma. The sea, sand and sky are still gorgeous; and many restaurants are back and serving up great food and hospitality. There is still a lot of work to do but the island is definitely worth visiting. No time like the present to book your trip.

At night, the vibe is strictly European with a warm Caribbean twist.  Open air restaurants near the beaches pump out aromas, chatter and music while allowing warm breezes to waft ocean air through them.

One thing we noticed was “legal” graffiti created by the customers on some of the bars and thought what a cool idea; so we took the opportunity at a couple of stops to leave a note and say we were there (photos below).

If you’re traveling the Caribbean and happen to make your way St. Martin, look for us in Orient Bay (Yellow Sub) or Grand Case (Blue Martini) and let us know you found us. Both locations are great hangouts for vibe, food and drink; check them out (link above).

We even created a French St. Martin inspired design which you can find in our “international” topics under shop on-demand above.

Vis la vie

Yellow Sub, Orient Beach – St. Martin
Yellow Sub, Orient Beach – St. Martin

Blue Martini, Grand Case – St. Martin
Blue Martini, Grand Case – St. Martin
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Ironically…LiFE got in the way

Esther Island Nantucket

We’ve preached to live every moment to the fullest.  Some people will take that to mean you must travel the world; see unique and isolated places, take selfies and post your travels on every possible social media outlet; and try to generate as much social media envy as possible.  But…. what if you do not have the financial means or the vacation time to accomplish this? What if you have family responsibilities?  What if, ironically, LiFE gets in the way?

We’d say your firmly entrenched with the majority of the world population.  Not all of us can drop it all (work, family, friends…not to mention money) and disappear for months at a time.  So, for those of us who have full time jobs, kids in college, kids at home, and a lack of untethered financial freedom, here are 5 simple ways you can live in the moment, enjoy the day and maybe take your mind on the trip you can’t afford. 

  1. Enjoy your morning coffee.   Sure, the morning coffee is something most of us crave and it definitely gets you moving with its caffeinated jolt.  It might even get you moving toward your bucket list, family or financial goals.  But, sometimes this jumpstart leapfrogs us right over all the moments that make up an unforgettable morning with family and friends.  Definitely, keep looking forward to that morning jolt but during the process take time to listen to the coffee maker; smell the aroma in the air.  Take your cup of joe and watch the sun rise, feel the warmth of the rising sun on your face. Pause; enjoy the moments…then, go out and take on the world. 
  2. Turn on some music.  Don’t listen to the words; and simply rock on.  Or, listen to the words and let them take you on a journey Listen to the music
  3. Walk through a city and get lost.  Boston’s North EndVenice, Italy
  4. Activate your sense of smell.  Find your favorite bakery or coffee shop and stand outside and simply smell.  The intoxicating aromas will take you away. Perhaps to a Parisian cafe you once visited. If only for a moment.  Travel tip:  If you ever find yourself on Nantucket there is a place we like to call the best spot on the island.  No, its not a beach, restaurant or shop. It’s a small 1 foot x 1 foot section of a sidewalk located at 12 Broad Street set just below an exhaust fan vent outside of The Juice Bar.  When The Juice Bar is open during season and you are lucky enough to be able to pause under the vent fan; there is an unbelievable aroma that we can only say will make you smile.  Bad moods melt away.  
  5. Take a walk on a beach  and feel the sand in your toes, leave a message in the sand and feel the salt spray on your skin. There’s something healing about being near the ocean. Don’t take it from us; try it yourself. Bring a friend.  We are lucky enough to live in a beautiful location that comes alive in the spring, fall and summer months.  Families flock for the beaches during the summer.  Here’s a helpful list to some of the most recommended beaches.

An incredibly small sample of things to do when LiFE gets in the way.  But, enough to understand there’s really no need to travel the world to feel connected and validated.  The simple pleasures of daily living are enough if we pay attention to them. 

How do you stay in the moment when LiFE gets in the way? 

 

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